To enhance job competency and certainty across the construction and infrastructure sectors, as well as several other major industries, Vertical Horizonz has opened the doors of its new training centre in north-west Brisbane, offering an enhanced, larger range of structured workplace health and safety training courses.
Vertical Horizonz principal executive officer James Moohan has been with the company since 2017, moving from its New Zealand operations to its Australian arm in 2019. Recognising the opportunity to take Vertical Horizonz’ training capabilities in Queensland to a new level, he spearheaded the company’s move from its former training centre in the north Brisbane suburb of Geebung to the new facility in Brendale.
More than four times the size of Vertical Horizonz’ previous training centre, the Brendale facility has increased capability to accommodate a wide and comprehensive range of indoor and outdoor workplace health and safety training courses.
“The changing and evolving needs of the industries we service act as a catalyst for our continued expansion and growth as a training provider,” says Moohan. “We identified a local demand for a broader scope of courses delivered in an environment that is both engaging and visually appealing, which is exactly what we offer at our new facility.”
“Fundamentally, the purpose of our new centre is to set a benchmark for workplace health and safety training, both nationally and internationally, to help save lives.”
The new training centre has enabled Vertical Horizonz to not only add new public courses to its portfolio, but also enhance the working at heights, confined space, rescue, and other training that it’s always offered.
As an accredited Global Wind Organisation (GWO) certified training provider, Vertical Horizonz delivers basic safety training for the wind turbine and energy industry, which due to the specialised requirements of this training, wasn’t available at its Geebung facility. With a much larger apex, the new training centre has the functionality to facilitate GWO training, which is set to kick off at the location in coming months.
The larger size of the new facility also allows Vertical Horizonz to run multiple training events simultaneously. “For instance, we can now run a confined space course, a working at heights course and a forklift course – all at the same time,” says Moohan.
All courses are delivered by industry experienced trainers, who have crucial insight into the requirements, challenges and hazards commonly faced in each specific industry’s workplace environment.
The new facility is already open to the public, with an official grand opening set to take place in the near future. “We’ll be sending invitations to our stakeholders and the local community and encourage everyone to come and see what we have on offer,” says Moohan. “Since opening our lighter, brighter, more dynamic facility in July, we’ve been pleased to see lots of repeat business, confirming that the centre meets the evolving training needs of the general public.”
“Whether it’s an individual or a full construction team, we’re now able to offer them large training areas, more complex and specialised courses, and put them through their paces to show them different up-to-date methods and techniques of operating.”
Vertical Horizonz’ passion for delivering real training that saves lives is evident in the rigorous design of its courses and new facility. Having provided tailored safety training to various industries for over 20 years, including construction, Moohan says the company is not about simply ticking boxes.
“We’re about delivering experiences that truly engage the trainee, so that they can go back to their worksite with new knowledge and the ability to recall the learnings we’ve provided,” says Moohan. “We actively engage with the industries we service to ensure that the training we deliver is current, relevant and meets the requirements of each industry.”
“Industries evolve and we understand that, so we also work closely with our trainers – the subject matter experts – to update and develop our training activities and materials to suit, while ensuring we stay within the guidelines of the Australian Skills Quality Authority’s evidenced requirements.”
In conjunction with its concerted approach to providing relevant and engaging industry training, Vertical Horizonz pursues innovation whenever possible, streamlining processes, inspiring student interaction and applying the latest in technology. To assist with fire training, for instance, Vertical Horizonz has employed virtual reality to provide trainees an immersive experience in a real-time environment.
“We’re also in the process of moving our services to an online platform, which will allow more flexibility for trainees to interact with courses in their own time,” says Moohan.
The Queensland construction industry and general public will continue to benefit from a greater selection of specialised health and safety courses, delivered by trainers with first-hand industry experience in the sophisticated and spacious setting of Vertical Horizonz’ new training centre in Brendale.
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